Bear the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Today is Pentecost, and I have been thinking about the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, as it is the day on the year when we celebrate God's Holy Spirit filling us and making a home within us.
God has made His home inside of you. Saint Paul asks the question, "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?" That is a powerful question, do you know this? Perhaps you rarely have taken the time to think about this truth. If God has made a home inside of you, how might you make yourself at home with God. Which qualities that are already in your character open the door for you to share your dwelling place with God, and to allow God to share His dwelling place with you?
Saint Paul answers this question for us. He tells us in his letter to the Galatians that the Fruit of the Spirit is: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. It is worth considering that Paul calls this fruit. Fruit is sweet and nourishing, but it is also delicate and can go sour and moldy. Fruit that is not tended, and not taken in the right season will go off. You need to tend to this fruit already inside of each of you. Each of you need to call upon the fruits inside of you. Has you patience gone sour? Has your kindness gone sour, has your faithfulness gone sour?
In addition when fruit is not taken regularly you fail to be nourished by the fruit and the vitamins it affords. Fruit is edible sunshine. We all know that sunshine is a necessary component to living. Failing to partake in this fruit will render you among the walking dead. Take away from your character, your personality, Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control, or any combination of them, and your life will be severely threatened. The alternatives may allow you to open your eyes in the morning, but without the above fruit, you may be wishing you had not awakened.
Jesus reminds us in the Gospels of Matthew (chapters 7 and 12) and Luke (chapter 6), that we are like trees and we can bear good and bad fruit. While God has given us life, and does make His dwelling place in us, we can decide what sort of fruit we will bear. Will we bear His fruit which brings life, or will we bear bad fruit. The fruit we bear will be known by the words we speak and the words that we are thinking. As we read in Proverbs 23:7, as a person thinks in the heart, so is that person. So Jesus encourages us in the verse from Matthew and Luke to turn our eyes to Him, and to welcome the Same Spirit of God into our lives that dwelt in Him. Jesus chose to live among us, that God might come to live within us, by the fruit Jesus bore we will live, and we will bear fruit that will last. (See John’s Gospel chapter 15, verse16).
It is by acknowledging our relationship with God and by recognizing that He has made His dwelling within you, that you gain His freedom to respond to Him and the Life he gives you by partaking of His fruit, being nourished by His fruit, then in time bearing His fruit for others, and all the while giving Him the Glory He is due. May the fruit of the Spirit come alive within you, as you welcome God to make His home within you. Amen.
Reverend Stephen McCann
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